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Francis M. O'Connor

March 27, 2018

O'Connor - Francis M.

Of Winter Springs, FL and Amherst, NY - March 27, 2018

Beloved husband of Rosemary Grupp O'Connor; Dear father of Kathleen (Marvin) Scheer, Mary Patricia (V. Paul Jr.) Harper, Ph.D. and Thomas M. (Janice Wilson) O’Connor, CPA; loving grandfather of Sarah (Dane) Smith, MD, Elizabeth (Vel) Radinovic, William “Bill” Scheer, Sean, Clay Matthew, Emma O’Connor and six great-grandchildren;  brother of the late Mary (late Harold) McQuillen, Rita A., James (late Helen), Edward (late Ann) O’Connor and Gertrude (late Peter) Travers-Jasen; also survived by many
nieces and nephews. 

Friends may call at D. LAWRENCE GINNANE FUNERAL HOME 3215 Delaware Ave. Kenmore, NY Monday 2:00 - 4:00 pm and 6:00 - 8:00 pm.  All are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Gregory the Great RC Church 200 St. Gregory Court (at Maple Rd.) Williamsville, NY  Tuesday at 10:30  Please meet at church.  Interment Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Memorials to People Inc. 1219 North Forest Rd (Box 9033) Williamsville, NY 14231-9033 are preferred.

Mr. O’Connor was born in Buffalo, NY October 24, 1926.  He grew up in the Buffalo area and served in the US Navy from 1944 until 1946.  He graduated from Canisius College in 1948 and then received his Master’s Degree in Organic Chemistry from there in 1952.  In 1948 he was employed by Linde Air Products as a chemist in the Research and Development Department.  In 1965 he took a job at Harwick Standard Chemical Corporation in Akron, OH. He became its President and CEO until he retired in 1990.

            He married the former Rosemary Grupp in 1949 and they raised three children.  After his retirement they returned to the Buffalo area where he was active in St. Gregory the Great Church as a Special Minister of the Holy Communion, a member of the Holy Name Society and the Men’s Club.  He also was a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus.  He and his wife had a winter home in Winter Springs, Florida where he was also active in St. Stephen’s Church. 

            He was a member of the American Chemical Society since 1948 and was Chairman of the Rubber Division of this society in 1974 and then became a Lifetime Member.

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